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  • Actors: Bud Cort, Daryl Hannah, Jon Favreau, Sean Bean
  • Directors: Steve Anderson
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Officine UBU
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KXS22

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un attore fallito, dopo aver accettato di portare una misteriosa valigia in una localita' sperduta nel deserto, si ritrova coinvolto in una storia surreale popolata di personaggi stranissimi. forse sono tutti impazziti o forse gli unici sani sono proprio gli abitanti di questo strano universo parallelo.

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By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
"This can't be a good idea, John." - Grace

Five MYSTERIOUS Stars! "The Big Empty" is an enjoyable, unusual twist on the "mysterious suitcase" movie genre (like Ronin, for example). Out of work actor John Person (Jon Favreau of "Iron Man" acting and directing fame) is hired by his neighbor to take a blue suitcase to a motel at a wide-spot-in-the-road truck stop called Baker, California and give it to a mysterious man (Sean Bean of "Legends"). Person is told the blue suitcase cannot be opened and to defend the suitcase, if necessary. In a wild tale with quirky interesting characters and an unusual ending that you won't see coming, "The Big Empty" is independent film making at its best, featuring a number of well known actors who are clearly enjoying their roles: Favreau, Daryl Hannah (Blade Runner), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception), Jon Gries (The Pretender), Kelsey Grammar (Cheers, Frasier, Boss), Gary Farmer (The Score), and others. Along the way, we meet Grace the fetching neighbor, Stella the bartender, Crazy Randy, Elron, Ruthie, blue eyes and bandaids, and the Royal Hawaiian Motel central locale, all culminating in a mysterious, eerie, spellbinding ending that no one could see coming, but which makes perfect sense, given all that has gone before. Oh, and yes, we learn the contents of the small blue bag. After it's over, watch it again and it all makes sense. Written and directed by Steve Anderson, with music by Brian Tyler. Highly Recommended! Five BIZZARE Stars. (94 minutes, Rated R.)
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This film sits somewhere between Roswell and Twin Peaks.Its a Strange little Gem that seemed to come out of nowhere and sadly disappeared just as quick.So if you like your viewing Quirky and Surreal.you wont go far wrong with this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rivière on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is so funny that I was laughing from beginning to end, starting with a weird dude by the name of Neely (Bud Cort) in a neck brace, who happens to be the neighbor of an unemployed actor John Person (Jon Favreau) at his L.A. apartment complex. The story is a spoof of UFO/alien abductions way out in the California desert. Everybody is weird and crazy except for John Person and his girlfriend Grace (Joey Lauren Adams). This is a film that doesn't take itself seriously. The actors and actresses seemed to enjoy the spoof as much as the viewers and they managed to do so with a straight face. This 2003 independent film was made on a shoestring budget and most of the film was shot on location in and around Baker, California. Many actors and actresses in the film worked for next to nothing. Don't miss out on The Big Empty if you are in a light-hearted mood and want a good laugh.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Just Loved It! 21 April 2004
By Toni - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably one of the very best independent movies that I've had the pleasure to watch. The acting, directing, editing, script and cinematography were all excellent. What could have been a silly movie, turned out to be a real gem. Every cast member did their part, with standout performances by John Favreau, the always brilliant Sean Bean, and even Kelsey Grammar, of whom I'm not a huge fan.
When John Person (Favreau) is approached to simply deliver a blue suitcase to Cowboy (Bean) in of all places, Baker, California, the fun begins. Nothing is what it seems to the very last frame.
I highly recommend that you buy this movie. My only complaint is that it wasn't given a wider release.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Misterious! 14 Feb. 2006
By Luigi - Published on Amazon.com
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Comedy at first, x-files after and twilight zone in the end. Overall: VERY GOOD!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A WILD, FASCINATING, QUIRKY RIDE INTO "THE BIG EMPTY" 21 Mar. 2006
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Five Spooky Stars! Where has this one been hiding? Mystery is the key here in this independent film and there's plenty of it right up to the very wild end. This film is somewhat in the area code of NIck Cage's "Red Rock West" at the beginning, but it goes in another direction after it gets going. Then what started out as a quirky film kicks it up a notch and becomes a really weird, enjoyable, and special DVD.

Premise: an out of work actor has huge bills, needs a job, and gets way more than he bargains for when he's offered work by a neighbor to take a mysterious suitcase to an equally mysterious person: because it leads him out into "the big empty". Can't give any more clues without the possibility of ruining it for you. My advice is to see it twice because you'll never see all of the clues the first time through. The second time through, the clues are like glowing neon lights.

The cast list may be misleading: you may not recognize some of the names, but you'll instantly know the faces of this wild ensemble. Jon Favreau is great as the lead. Sean Bean is wonderfully creepy, and Jon Gries, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Beach, Melora Walters, Gary Farmer and the rest of the crew are excellent. Kelsey Grammer is a surprise who adds alot of big name credibility to the movie. And, trust me, Rachael Leigh Cook gets my vote as flat out one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. And there is one surprise actor that you won't recognize until the credits are rolling, which may prompt you to hit the reverse button fast. Incidentially, the first scene between Jon and Rachael Leigh at the motel door is a real "hoot" that may slip past you on the first viewing. Pay attention!

This movie, which went direct to VHS/DVD, is a wild ride and it's a keeper (I've kept it for 5 years now). It is exactly the type of discovery that many of us movie viewers look forward to, and when we find it, it's really a magical couple of hours that stick in the mind for years. Buckle up, this'll spin your head around. Check your Blue Bowling Balls at the door, please!! My Highest Recommendation. Five Mysterious Stars!!

(Note: "The Big Empty" (I love that title) is a great example of what independent film-making is all about. And this is why well-known actors give their time and talent for 'scale' wages: the results can be spectacularly satisfying for everyone of the film makers and stars involved that is on a level that most of the public will never truly understand.)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Coen Brothers Meet David Lynch 19 Oct. 2005
By Only-A-Child - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever wonder what you would have if the Coen brothers collaborated with David Lynch on a small independent film? Destined for cult classic status, "The Big Empty" is a strange blend of "Mulholland Drive" and "The Big Lebowski". So if you liked either or both of these classics you should track down the DVD, it has important special features that shed a little light on just what writer/director Steve Anderson was trying to communicate with this interesting film.

I have beefed up this comment a little since my original viewing because I have found "The Big Empty" gets even better with repeated viewings. The wry humor can best be enjoyed when you are not wrestling with the progress of the story itself.

I have heard that there are deleted scenes that show him taking this thing in the direction of the old "Twilight Zone" episode where the aliens entice humans to a planetary paradise with a book titled "Serving Humans", which actually turns out to be a cook book. There are also elements reminiscent of that suicide cult in San Diego in the mid-1990's.

"The Big Empty" has some relatively big names in its cast including Kelsey Grammar (a FBI agent), Joe Gries (from "The Pretender"), Rachel Leigh Cook (the town Lolita), and Darryl Hannah (Lolita's Mother). For the first time a Cook character is very sexy, it must be the hair style. The performances and deadpan humor save the day as the story itself is a little too expressionistic and open-ended for most viewers.

Although the film gets off to a quick start and is never boring, Anderson (in the Lynch tradition) has to cheat and leave some things unresolved at the end, because it is simply impossible to tie all the disparate elements together conventionally. But this makes for interesting discussion with other members of "The Big Empty" cult.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Delightful Comedy/Mystery 5 May 2004
By leslies_library - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Although primarily a mystery, I found this film to have a quirky, offbeat, intelligent type of humor. This is not a typical scifi flick, but a most enjoyable independent film.
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